On International day of women, the women lawyers in the Supreme Court of India get a much-needed attention. Woman lawyers, which accounts for around 1,000 and other woman staff, were rejoiced after a directive that was issued by a Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra asked the SC Registry to install three vending machines for sanitary and three incinerators to dispose of used napkins.
In a time when menstrual hygiene is a complicated and challenging topic in India, this directive will prove a milestone for the same.
The champion behind this move is Advocate Nandini Gore, who is the Secretary of the Supreme Court Advocates-On-Record Association (SCAORA).
The Supreme Court had taken the issue seriously and issued a directive.
Other than the funds for the vending and incinerating machines, the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also allocated Rs 80 lakh for the Supreme Court Bar Association. The amount will go into a fixed deposit, whose interest will be used to provide medical assistance to lawyers, according to a report in Hindustan Times.
The funds, Rs 1.4 crore, come from two Gurugram-based doctors convicted for contempt by sheltering an absconding former MLA of Haryana.
The move to install vending machines plus incinerators has been gaining ground in government institutions. Earlier, the University Grants Commission (UGC) asked varsities and higher educational institutions to install sanitary napkin incinerators in women’s hostels.